For many of us Angelenos, the fall season consists of palm trees and sunshine, and fleeting cameos of changing leaves and crisp autumn air. Thankfully, with the central location of Los Angeles, autumn days are only a drive away. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite fall activities that blow-in with this season.
Find your inner Johnny Apple Seed
Oak Glen, just 90 miles outside of Los Angeles, is notoriously known as “Southern California’s Premier Apple Growing Area” – and it lies only an hour outside the city and visitors can experience Apple Harvest from Labor Day Weekend through Thanksgiving weekend. There’s a variety of Orchards to choose from—families can spend the day picking apples, pumpkins, and seasonal fruit; they can press their own cider, and sway with the breezy autumn leaves (with BBQ in hand); or even teleport to a Revolutionary War-era colonial farm, and jump into archery and other old fashioned-games.
There is a variety of farms to choose from, based on your activities of choice. Click here to explore your options!
When: Seasonal activities through Thanksgiving Weekend, and while crops last; hours vary based on farm
Where: 12261 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA 92399
Looking for something a little spooky?
Marina Spooktacular in Marina Del Rey features all-day Halloween adventures, ranging from scavenger hunts to costume contests, a spooky maze, trick-or-treating, and more! When darkness falls, the haunts intensify – so be sure to check-out the timeline of events to decide what is age-appropriate for your family. Daytime events are baby, toddler, and youth friendly; the evening events are recommended for ages 13 and up.
When: Saturday October 27, 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday October 28, 11 am – 9 pm
Where: Burton Chace Park 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Did you know National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15? – An especially fitting tribute in a city that reflects the contributions of people from so many backgrounds. As our communities commemorate the history, culture, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Latin countries, we’re extended the opportunity to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico to remember and celebrate the loved ones who are no longer with us.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Day of the Dead celebrations, from all across the city!
Dia de Los Muertos at the Fowler Museum
When: Sunday, October 21, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Dia de Los Muertos at Grand Park
When: Saturday, October 27 – Sunday, November 4
Where: Grand Park, 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Grand Park will host a traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony on October 27 from 7 pm – 9 pm at Grand Park’s Performance Lawn. Beginning the 28, Grand Park will present altars and installations from local artists that celebrate the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos. Free lunchtime tours are offered; event is all-day.
Dia de Los Muertos on Olvera Street – LA’s longest running celebration!
When: Thursday, October 25 – Friday Nov 2; entertainment starts at 5 pm weekdays, and runs all day on the weekends.
Where: 845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012